Terrance Dicks

Doctor Who and the Hand of Fear
  • Doctor Who and the Hand of Fear

  • Pamela Salem reads this exciting novelisation of a classic Fourth Doctor TV adventure, featuring the departure of Sarah Jane Smith.

    The TARDIS lands in England, and Sarah, the Doctor's companion, looks forward to going home. A freak accident in a quarry leaves the unconscious Sarah clutching an enormous stone hand. The only surviving remnant of Eldrad - an alien super-being expelled from his planet, Kastria - it has the power to control the human mind.

    Using Sarah as its instrument, the hand goes in search of the atomic energy it needs to regenerate Eldrad's body. Eldrad is determined to return to Kastria and punish his enemies, and the Doctor and Sarah are caught up in the terrifying conclusion of a drama of betrayal and revenge that began millions of years ago.

    Pamela Salem, who made several appearances in the BBC TV series, reads Terrance Dicks's novelisation of the TV serial by Bob Baker and Dave Martin, first published by Target Books in 1979.

    "Attention to detail is the hallmark of this always excellent range." Doctor Who Magazine

    (P)2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
    © 2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd Text
    © Terrance Dicks, Bob Baker and Dave Martin
    1979 Cover illustration by Roy Knipe
    Reading produced by Neil Gardner
    Recorded at Ladbroke Audio Ltd
    Sound design by Simon Power for Meon Productions - www.meonsound.com
    Executive producer: Michael Stevens

Terrance Dicks became Script Editor of Doctor Who in 1968, co-writing Patrick Troughton’s classic final serial, The War Games, and editing the show throughout the entire Jon Pertwee era to 1974. He wrote many iconic episodes and serials for the show after, including Tom Baker's first episode as the Fourth Doctor, Robot; Horror at Fang Rock in 1977; State of Decay in 1980; and the 20th anniversary special, The Five Doctors in 1983. Terrance novelised over sixty of the original Doctor Who stories for Target books, including classics like Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen and Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion, inspiring a generation of children to become readers and writers. He died in August 2019, only weeks before the publication of his final Doctor Who short story, ‘Save Yourself’, in The Target Storybook.

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